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gratification

[grat-uh-fi-key-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the state of being gratified; great satisfaction.
  2. something that gratifies; source of pleasure or satisfaction.
  3. the act of gratifying.
  4. Archaic. a reward, recompense, or gratuity.

Origin of gratification

First recorded in 1590–1600, gratification is from the Latin word grātificātiōn- (stem of grātificātiō). See gratify, -ation
Related formsnon·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, nounsu·per·grat·i·fi·ca·tion, noun

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1. pleasure, relish, delight, enjoyment, comfort.
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gratification

noun
  1. the act of gratifying or the state of being gratified
  2. something that gratifies
  3. an obsolete word for gratuity
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Word Origin and History for gratification

n.

1590s, from Middle French gratification or directly from Latin gratificationem (nominative gratificatio) "obligingness, complaisance," noun of action from past participle stem of gratificari (see gratify).

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